Here's a quick tour of the new Davis book, Making Artists, by Melissa Purtee and Ian Sands
Making Artists is a comprehensive look at how and why a student-directed classroom is essential for the development of the student artist in the 21st century.
Making Artists picks up where The Open Art Room left off, covering issues and situations choice teachers encounter as they design their program. This text provides tested methods for working through specific situations including room design, material handling, student ideation, production, and assessment.
Additionally, you will enjoy a new set of unit and lesson plans to implement as you develop student-directed classrooms.
Each one of you is in an elite group. At SBHS, there are over a thousand students. Many choose to take an art class, but out of those thousand students, only eleven will graduate knowing they completed at the highest level.
Not only are you elite in SBHS, you are the only students in all of Brunswick County to reach this level. For this alone, you should be immensely proud of your amazing accomplishment.
Completing the AP Portfolio is difficult enough, however, you accomplished this facing even greater challenges. This year, the AP Board changed the rules for submitting work. Instead of asking for a concentration of art, they required a Sustained Investigation. Behind the scenes, art teachers were panicked. It wasn’t clear what these new specifications meant. Still, you stepped up to the challenge and each of you created a body of work that met these new requirements.
Next, instead of being in school where you had the support of your peers and the ability to have a question answered face to face, you did this all remotely. The easy solution would have been to quit. You knew you were going to pass the class. You knew you were going to graduate.
But you didn’t quit. Again, you stepped up. You dug down deep and joined the select few students who can proudly say, “I did it.”
I want to give you one more piece of advice. The AP College Board occasionally does not score things appropriately.
There is a chance, when we receive the scores in July, that some of you may not pass. It has happened before to students that I believed couldn’t help but pass, only to have them receive a lower score.
If by chance this happens to you, it changes nothing. Do not let it even cross your mind that you are not one of the most talented students in all the country.
In a minute, I will be forwarding your AP portfolios to our AP coordinator. I want to congratulate you and thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
I truly enjoyed having each and everyone of you in class. You will all be missed dearly. I wish you the best in everything you do!
There were several art exhibits that we had planned to participate in which unfortunately couldn't take place. However, we can still have a show!
You are invited to take a walk through the Art of South B's first Virtual Gallery! We are spotlighting the works of our AP Art students who worked so hard all year long to complete their AP portfolios.
So come on in! We're open!
Answer the questions below.
Then, watch the video to see if you answered correctly!
It may even inspire you to create you own art using metaphors!
The art of South Brunswick High School, NC
Important information concerning your AP Art portfolios.
Imagine its the first day of Art class and as you walk into the room, you fall down and break your arm! How would you make art? That's a problem. Now, imagine if you went to the store and bought the biggest bag of Skittles in the world... only to find out you have a cavity and can't eat them. What do you do with all that candy? That's a problem!
In today's unit, we will take a look at how you can create art through limitations. I know, that sounds crazy! If you have a limitation, how can you create art?
Well, watch this short video and you'll see how artists not only solve the problems of limitations, but even come up with their own limitations, on purpose, to make art!
The building might be closed but the art making continues. The act of making art, creating, is something that is built into the artist. There are some people that need to create and just because a building is closed, doesn't mean they will stop. They cant stop. They won't stop. Here is a look at some of the art that is still being created outside of the building doors.
Above, Max has finished the shaping of this helmet. It is ready for the next step, painting.
Kaycee borrowed some clay and has been working from home creating this very cool ceramic fairy house.
Savannah created this fantastic painting on the left while Trey created the great work of art on the right.
Chase has limited access to the computer art apps we usually use in school but he continues to make art. Check out his 3D work.
Some of Autumn's latest digital works.
Raven has been working in both 2D and 3D!
Chaz has eclectic taste in entertainment
Ellea finishing up her series of cake painting in oil paint.
The art of South Brunswick High School, NC
It seems for every holiday, there is a candy that goes along with it. Candy corn for Halloween, candy canes for Christmas, candy hearts for Valentine's Day.
This time of year, the stores are loaded with jelly beans, marshmallow peeps and other candy you're not going to eat because, lets be honest, they taste terrible! But that doesn't mean they can't be useful!
In this week's unit, we will look at how candy can be used to make cool art! So, if you have some leftover candy, join us in making some art. And if you don't have any, this short video might still inspire you to create. Wait till you see the amazing art I make with only a couple of left over marshmallows!
After you create your cool artwork, don't forget to post it to Sutori or Seesaw or you can email it to us firstname.lastname@example.org or Sbelter@bcswan.net.
Art of South B
Artwork by students at
Art of South B
The Visual Arts Dept. at SBHS is like no other program in the state. Learn more, watch the Intro to South B video.
Listen to the
Make Artists Podcast
with your host Ian Sands the choice based, student directed, Teaching for Artist Behavior, high school art teacher and stuff and things... but mostly stuff.
Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is a student-directed art education pedagogy that directs students to think and work as artists.
Making Artists picks up where The Open Art Room left off, covering issues and situations choice teachers encounter as they design their program.
The Open Art Room provides a student-centered approach to art instruction that is inspirational, practical, and classroom-tested.
Click Here to read the March SchoolArts Article, Student-Directed Answers to Five Frequently Ask Questions
Click Here to Read the April SchoolArts Magazine Article Tracking Student Progress with the Burn Book!
Click Here to Read the February SchoolArts Article, Build A Dynamic Art Program with Modular Teaching!
Art Teacher : Ian Sands